* Posts by David Nash

962 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008


Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Negative Mass



Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Teamviewer

I once encountered a left-handed user who used the mouse upside down, with the wire trailing towards them. Move left, it goes right, etc.

My guess is that she did it the first time to reverse the buttons, then just learned it like that.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Unsuitable owner

It's not a utility, it's a private company offering a service, and not even a monopoly.

Are you seriously suggesting sanctions against any country where the government doesn't agree with every policy of our government?

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Faulty Software?

So if it was an expired certificate, what's all this about "The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned" ???

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Do people really need reminding buses are still running?

I don't think it's just the app, but the automatic ETA signs at the bus stops. The theory being, if the sign doesn't show any buses are on the way, perhaps no buses are on the way.

However on main routes in London you can usually just open your eyes and look up from your phone and notice several buses in any direction you care to look.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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gave away their operating system for free?

Are you naive enough to think that wasn't a business decision like any other?

And did they actually "give it away for free" or were there conditions attached?

Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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Re: Signing into Outlook on the web just got easier!

Funny how the link to outlook.com changes into http://t.co/P5TTNEYOSt when you hover over it (no I won't be clicking it).

Why? What's the benefit?

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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The irritating emails seem to be arriving ever earlier too.

You'd think they don't know the meaning of "FriDAY".

Good to see that most people have seen through this charade for what it really is.

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We didn't have Black Friday. It's not a surprise that we still don't have Black Friday.


Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Just turn off the stupid voice-activated things.

And no, I didn't add a Google widget to my home screen because I can just long-press the home button to bring up Google search.

Or was that comment in the article aimed at the minority* of readers who are iphone owners? It did say "you" but didn't qualify that.

* Assumed, because Apple have a minority of the smartphone market.

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Re: Traditions

"Surely the moral should be: see a bunch of Americans starving, for God's sake don't help them or they'll take you for everything you've got!"

Although they weren't really "Americans" at that time.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Coincidence? Maybe not.

I received a fake Amazon Marketplace email but it was obvious from the Subject and Sender that it wasn't real. It had [URGENT] in the subject which clearly marked it out as spam.

I deleted without opening it. Maybe this was the source.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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What does "in the 2019 timeframe" mean that they couldn't have said with "in 2019"?

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater."

No, that's not what I was saying. Not sure if previous commenters would agree with you.

I was just expressing my desire for the non-pirated stuff to continue. I don't see why they can't make it a viable business, perhaps they should move it all to the premium YT service and close the free service. As long as the non-pirate stuff is available and the premium fee wasn't silly, I'd pay, same as I pay for Spotify.

I've never understood using YT for music anyway, it's really inefficient and who sits there watching the music videos?

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Re: @ msknight

There may be shedloads of pirated stuff on YT but there is also shedloads of either original or licensed material and we'll lose a valuable resource if it went away.

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Openreach v Ofcom dark fibre legal bill bounced back to Competition Appeal Tribunal

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Re: Not that I would always jump to OpenReach's defence but...

Not. If you did nothing wrong (as proven by the judgement) why should you have to pay anything?

If you are willing to take someone to court you presumably think you have a case and if you don't then you must be willing to accept the cost of losing.

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Not that I would always jump to OpenReach's defence but...

How is it OK that someone takes them to court, loses, and they still have to pay the bill?

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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that and the space vacated by the headphone jack are put to good use

Not as good as using it for a headphone jack would have been.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Implanting chips in employees

Has anyone seriously suggested this?

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Office 365 Slogan

He was a dev (-eloper) who was clever, ie. a bright spark.

So a bright spark dev. And he ironed out (removed the problem) the light interference, as you figured out.

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

There was never a good reason to completely ban split infinitives.

I think I heard that the origin of this "rule" came about because Latin didn't have split infinitives, ergo, English shouldn't. I know pretty much nothing about Latin but, the way I heard it, Latin can't split infinitives, whereas English can. So let's do so with abandon (well, when it makes sense anyway).

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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Re: He actually sounds...

"We sent you the memo" is not the same as "we told you"

He may not have read the memo.

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Re: Long on indignation, shortish on facts

Actually it does in fact say that connections were failing to be established and consequently services were down.

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Re: The browser is the limitation

And what's more, presumably that browser will have to have the superset of permissions needed by all the apps that run within it.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: But surely anything better than an "app" for everything ?

I agree -- for things that are web-based services, stop trying to push apps on me all the time. I'm thinking of LinkedIn but many others also apply. Why do they all want me to have their app when they've already done a pretty good job of making the mobile web version very usable?

For apps that work offline (surely that's unthinkable to the likes of Google?) maybe an app is better. I've not used one of these so-called progressive things.

Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere

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120 launches a year?

Seems optimistic?

UK.gov fishes for likes as it prepares to go solo on digital sales tax

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Re: FUD and Ignorance

Seeing as how this whole situation has arisen because these companies use various mechanisms to ensure they make a loss and that is why they don't pay tax, I think it would be extreme incompetence on the part of whoever drafted this proposed legislation, if such a loophole applied.

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Re: Hmm

That's just BS. Are you saying that the income tax I pay on my salary is punishment for working?

No, because if I didn't work not only would I not pay the tax but I wouldn't get the salary either.

Tax is not punishing success. It's one of the costs of doing business, of which there are many.

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Re: Tax isn't my strong point...

"So how can you tax someone that provides a service for free, just because they then make money of you using their service for free?"

Because, as you said, "they then make money".

You might have noticed that making money is one of the main things that incurs a tax. Doesn't matter how you make it. Unless you're a charity or similar, make money=pay tax. That's the point here.

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Re: Too complicated

"So tax advert *display* rather than sales."

That won't help tax companies that do sell stuff, or enable selling of stuff. eg. Amazon, Ebay.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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is that the number shown on OpenTrainTimes.com?

Why don't we have proper train identifiers used for the public here, as they do in many other countries?

Here trains always seem to be identified by the station it's leaving and the time (optionally with the destination). That's often ambiguous and inefficient. Much better to say "train 12345"

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Re: raspberry pi

A Raspberry pi is 40 quid once and can display a webpage.

But much harder to find someone you already have, who knows what to do with it.

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+1 for this useful website.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Face facts

I read it as ironic and imagined the quotes around "Crooked Hillary".

Stating that the CIA describes it as resisting all attempts.... really?

But the number of downvotes suggest a number of people here read it as straight.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: Anti-intellectual?


Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS

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The headline

Doesn't to "Drop" something normally mean to abandon it?

It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

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It seems there are two changes and the original article didn't emphasise enough the thing about browsers.

As several comments here pointed out, HTTPS is just another way to get to a DNS server, and as several others have pointed out, this has certain advantages from a user security point of view.

However why would the DNS server choice be part of such a standard? Currently browsers make calls to the OS or standard network libraries to resolve names, which will use configured addresses, whether they were static or obtained via DHCP. The same should apply to DOH, the change should be at the OS level, nothing to do with the browser.

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

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Was that ad supposed to be reassuring?

Who the hell wants to pay their council tax via a system that's been built by a 19 year-old kid with no experience?

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Apple won't allow it's OS to be run similarly on a Windows machine

I'm no Apple fan but I appreciate the fact that they are a hardware company using the OS and other software to sell such HW. Therefore it would be suicide to allow the OS to run on generic hardware.

MS and Google are not hardware companies, and to the extent that they do sell their own hardware the strategy is generally the other way round from Apple, ie. the HW is there to get users onto the software and platforms.

As I said, not an Apple fan but still considering going with Apple for a PC when Win 7 is no longer supported. MS have driven me off. Not an iphone though, there are limits!

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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It's all about the buzzwords

That Red Hat page contains the word "cloud" about 45 times.

And "Linux" only 6.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: Final solution many years from now

Train drivers don't choose who to swerve at not because trains and pedestrians are segregated but because trains are on rails and the driver can't change direction, only the speed.

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3. hit something solid over something moving or weak that might give way

Surely not - you want something that will absorb the energy, not something that will push it all back into you.

Apparently the very worst thing (for the driver) to hit is a tree. Unlike a post that has been put there, it usually won't fall or bend over. Unlike another car it won't move along the road or crush a bit. It just sits there and doesn't move and you hit it with all your kinetic energy.

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Can't steal a cat.

Cats belong to no one but themselves.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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It's almost as if the writer didn't know the origin of the word he was implying.

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t-shirt weather

When is it not t-shirt weather in a Northern town?

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How can you live without the sun?

My wife, being Spanish, thinks much the same, and we are many hundreds of miles further south than Scotland.

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Re: Eight times brighter than the Moon?

Here's a picture of the Earth and Moon taken together

Is that actually taken together? Who or what took the picture?

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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Re: Youtube App, @ David Nash

Maybe my phone is a couple of years older or maybe it depends on your phone brand. Mine has an "uninstall" option.

Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: 30 years SF driver here..

You might have one or two valid points (not sure actually) but you ruin it with they way you put it.

* Civil rights? Get real. All tax-collecting authorities spend money in ways that many of their constituents disagree with. You're trivialising the real civil rights struggles of the past and not-so-past.

* "Critical Mass assholes" Oh you're so eloquent.

* Blaming cyclists for the traffic around them

* it's an unattractive city to cycle in so your suggestion is to make it less attractive to cycle in.

* Bit of an unjustifiable anti-white rant too

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: Sailfish ahoy

Your argument doesn't quite hold water - you are running perfectly fine with hardly any Android apps and no Google, except for the apps you do want, which you run on another phone.


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